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Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez was adamant that his team should have been awarded at least one penalty during their Champions League match against Chelsea.

He said his players were convinced that a Jamie Carragher header struck William Gallas’ arm in the area during the second half of the 0-0 draw at Anfield.

“The players said to me afterwards ‘yes, it was clear’,” said Benitez.

“The small details are the difference and maybe we should have had a penalty or even two penalties.”

Liverpool’s players also believed they should have been awarded a pentalty when Sami Hyypia was brought down by Didier Drogba in the box.

Despite his disappointment, Benitez was very pleased with his side’s achievement in becoming the first side to deny Chelsea victory this season.

“I think the supporters will be delighted with the performance of the team,” he added.

“We had a good game. We worked really hard, played with a high tempo all the time, pressed high and regained a lot of balls in the air.

“As a manager, you must be happy and I can say congratulations to the players.”

Benitez also said he was pleased to see Chelsea playing for a draw at the end of the game.

“That means they have a lot of respect for us, which is important,” he stated.

“But we can still improve some things, like winning the second balls close to Crouch.

“It is good to have four points in the group but Chelsea also have four points and Betis now have three.”

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